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As recommended by TripAdvisor

As recommended by TripAdvisor

Just 45 minutes from Queenstown, at the head of Lake Wakatipu lies Glenorchy, gateway to New Zealand's Mount Aspiring National Park and Te Wahipounamu, one of New Zealand's three World Heritage Areas.

Internationally recognised for its exceptional beauty and natural, untouched qualities, it has been showcased in the Oscar winning Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as other big screen movies (see The Ride of the Rings), and is home to Dart Stables.

Dart Stables has been offering visitors to the area the opportunity of exploring Glenorchy and Paradise for over 20 years, and has gained a well-earned reputation for providing memorable horse riding in this stunning part of New Zealand.

With over 50 horses of various breeds, knowledgable and enthusiastic guides and a wealth of experience, Dart Stables is able to provide great horse riding and treks for all levels of rider.


Dart Stables offers:

Stunning scenery and river crossings
Visit Lord of the Rings and Hobbit filming locations
Options for experienced and beginner riders
Exclusive and group rides available by arrangement
All gear provided - Drizabone coats, boots, gloves and safety helmets
Half chaps available
Fully trained, experienced guides
At least 1 guide to every 5 riders
Lovely, well cared for horses!

Recent Testimonials

  • Rie, Hong Kong - March 2015 My husband and I enjoyed the River Wild Ride this afternoon. They put me on a gorgeous Arabian named Danny. Super scenic and nice guides, definitely recommend to others.
  • Jien & Maureen, USA - January 2015 The River & Rings combo was easily the best experience I was lucky enough to have during our vacation in New Zealand. I rode Presley for the Ride of the Rings and Sterling for the River Wild, and they were absolutely lovely, and so friendly! Both treks were packed with information about the land and interesting trivia about Lord of the Rings and other movies filmed in the same location, the best possible first riding experience I could have asked for. Thank you so much for giving me this magical experience - I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

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